When he announced Britain’s EU referendum, David Cameron said that it would settle the matter within the Conservative Party for a generation.
Three years on, it’s safe to say things aren’t going according to plan. The only unity within the party as the clock ticks down to March 2019 is that Tory MPs of all persuasions have turned on prime minister Theresa May and her Brexit plan.
Leavers are anxious to topple her in order to ‘save Brexit’ and remainers are urging her to change track in order to avoid a fudge that sees the country still tied to the EU but without any influence over its decision-making.
It’s a bitter dispute that threatens to turn uglier over the coming weeks. Many Brexit-backing backbenchers are pushing to oust May and install David Davis as the new leader in order get their vision of Brexit across the line before March 29th.
Davis, who quit the cabinet in the summer after disapproving of May’s Chequers deal, is a best price of 12/1* with Ladbrokes to take over the top job, but although he commands support in the ERG he is seen as toxic by many moderate Tories after failing to make any progress during his time as Brexit Secretary.
Should May fall this autumn, Sajid Javid is the market leader to replace her, with the current Home Secretary available at 6/1* with Ladbrokes, while Boris Johnson is a best price of 8/1* with Bet365.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|